The Republic of Venice was known as 'La Serenissima'. It was also informally called the 'Republic of Music' because music was everywhere! This week's episode features music by composers who were linked to Venice and the basilica of San Marco, with performances by the Huelgas Ensemble, Hesperion XXI, and Concerto Italiano.
- Adrian Willaert: Vecchie vetrose, performed by Hesperion XXI, and O socii durate, with a text by Virgil, performed by The Huelgas Ensemble.
- Andrea Gabrieli: Ricercar del primo tuono alla quarta alta. Performed by Liuwe Tamminga, organ. Giovanni Gabrieli: Exaudi me domine, performed by The Huelgas Ensemble. In ecclesiis, Canzon XVII, and Magnificat a 33, performed by La Capella Ducale and Musica Fiata.
- Claudio Merulo: Toccata Prima Dell' Undecimo Tono, performed by Andrea Marcon, organ. Ludovica Viadana, La Venetiana. Performed by Early Music New York. Dario Castello. Sonata 16, performed by Les Sacqueboutiers.
- Claudio Monteverdi: Dixit dominus from 'Selva Morale e Spirituale'. Performed by Concerto Italiano.